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Sunset Review Committee Meets to Discuss Athletic Trainer Licensing

Does Arkansas make it harder for athletic trainers to do their job? On November 18th, the Occupational Licensing Review Subcommittee of the Arkansas State Legislature met to review licensing requirements from several state licensing boards. Included among these was the State Board of Athletic Trainers. Athletic trainers are skilled professionals that specialize in preventing and […]

What is occupational licensing, and how does it affect Arkansans? Answers from ACRE Researcher Zachary Burt on Believe in Arkansas

Occupational licensing is a government issued permission slip to work for some people in certain professions. Roughly one in five US workers need such a permission slip. The Institute for Justice, a public-interest law firm, ranked Arkansas as the 6th most burdensome state for licensing in their latest edition of License to Work, a publication […]

Occupational Licensing Review Committee Kicks Off Second Session

By Zach Burt The Occupational Licensing Review Subcommittee recently began its second-ever round of license reviews since its creation in 2019. Representatives from the Department of Labor and Licensing and the Department of Agriculture presented arguments to the committee about the importance of licensing abstracters, plant breeders, industrial hemp growers, and agricultural seed dealers/labelers. On […]

ACRE Director Discusses Legislative Session

By Caleb Taylor ACRE Director and UCA Professor of Economics Dr. David Mitchell joined Americans for Prosperity-Arkansas on May 20th to discuss some of ACRE’s work in the recent legislative session. Mitchell said ACRE experts speak to legislators and community groups “to show what the data actually shows on a variety of issues.” Mitchell said: […]

Improve Economic Opportunities by Ending Fee-Only Licenses

By Caleb Taylor Should Arkansas eliminate many fee-only licenses? The 2019 Arkansas Legislature passed Act 600, mandating sunset reviews of every licensed occupation in Arkansas. “Occupational Licensing and Arkansas’s Act 600,” by ACRE Policy Analyst Alex Kanode discusses the reforms and missed opportunities of the Arkansas Legislative Council’s Occupational Licensing Review Subcommittee’s first round of […]

Smith Testifies on Shampooing De-Licensure Bill

By Caleb Taylor ACRE Legislative Research Associate Dr. Nathan Smith recently testified in favor of legislation removing barriers to work to certain cosmetology workers House Bill 1746 delicenses shampooers and exempts those who provide “simple” hairstyling services from being required to complete 1500 training hours to get a cosmetology license. Smith said at a House […]

Kanode Testifies on Licensing’s Effect on Low-Income Arkansans

By Caleb Taylor Should Arkansas exempt low-income residents from initial licensing fees? ACRE Economic Policy Analyst Alex Kanode testified on how occupational licensing in Arkansas can serve as a barrier to opportunity for low-income workers at a Senate Public Health, Welfare, and Labor committee meeting on March 17th.  Committee members were deliberating on whether to […]

ACRE Experts Featured in “Believe in Arkansas”

By Caleb Taylor Three ACRE experts recently appeared in “Believe in Arkansas” segments hosted by Americans for Prosperity. UCA Assistant Professor of Economics and ACRE Scholar Dr. Jeremy Horpedahl discussed state government spending and Arkansas’s tax rates on March 25th. For more on Horpedahl’s recent research and testimony on sales taxes in Arkansas, check out […]

ACRE Director Discusses Medical Scope of Practice Reform

By Caleb Taylor What changes can Arkansas legislators make to improve residents’ access to care? Arkansas’s primary care shortage is a result of its “excessively restrictive” medical scope of practice laws, according to ACRE Director and UCA Associate Professor of Economics Dr. David Mitchell in “Let them practice” published in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette on March […]

ACRE Experts Testify on Licensing Research

By Caleb Taylor Two ACRE economic experts shared their research on occupational licensing legislation last week. House Bill 1465 would have mandated that a licensing entity consider the “good moral character” of an individual before granting an occupational license. “Good moral character” is defined in the bill as a personal history of honesty, trustworthiness, fairness, […]